Hari Om, folks! We hope you are ready to heal yourself with music.
Apoorva Mehra, better known as Swami Harami is not just a man and what he makes is not just music. Quite honestly, Swami Harami is a phenomenon to be reckoned with. The brutal honesty, good music and a healing touch conclude the essence of this electronic music producer and DJ who avidly listens to himself. Well, no chances of going wrong, right?
His USP is his philosophical approach to music and the enchanting result is that he makes you believe music is a shamanistic activity.
If you’ve met him in real life, you’ll know he views DJ-ing as a natural extension of shamanistic work and plays genre bending psychedelic musical sets. Not just this, his healing work is accessible here and there.
Apoorva studied at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, but had experienced Goa before arriving at the musical scene himself. His room-mates made the first Plastique music video for Richie Hawtin that ended up with Hawtin playing at a party in their house. His views about music are transcendental. He says,”Music and dance allow for us to transcend our thinking minds. I view Dj’ing as shamanistic activity. Nothing else I have witnessed can uplift so many, simultaneously.”
Swami Harami has played alongside some of the most talented bunch of artists like Paolo Mojo, Moog Conspiracy, Sphongle, Dino Psaras, Andrea Bertolini, DOP, Sensient and Jalebee Cartel! Moreover, He has played at Burning Man and we have no other expectations to even top that experience.
Additionally, Swami Harami has been uplifting people at other global festivals and numerous events in and out of the country like M1-5 New York, Boogaloo Mountain Jam Los Angeles, Sonar Festival Galicia Spain (o’ portinio), Mojo Party 2.0 Madrid, Blue Frog Mumbai, Shroom Delhi, Liquid Sky Goa, Aurus Mumbai, Smoke House Grill Delhi, Lap Delhi, Urban Pind Delhi, Jynx Delhi, Faiz’d Anjuna Goa, West End Goa, Zenzi Mills Mumbai, Azok, Oakwood Resorts Mumbai.
Yes, I know, even we are having trouble processing the number of his awesome experiences!
I’m sure you’ve been wondering about Swami Harami and the story behind this moniker. It’s quite a long enchantingly funny story. “Swami Harami loosely translates to the ‘sinning saint’ or more precisely to ‘the bastard that knows himself’. It is a name that points to hypocrisy that exists in judging things as holy or unholy.”
In 2009, he thought about this name and it stuck to him at the Kumbh Mela. Later, he was invited to play at a party in Goa called the Being Project thrown by members of the Kumbh Group and that was the last time he used his name “Apoorva”. Swami Harami says, ”The name has stuck and I can’t do anything to get away from it. I’ve tried but it’s impossible. Ultimately, I accept it as the name itself points to acceptance of self, a necessary step in transcendence of self. Many of us aren’t comfortable in our own bodies and minds, the name is a reminder that to be human is divine! Its amazing the difference in how people relate to me as Apoorva versus how they relate to me as Swami Harami.”
To the budding artists, he has some really nice advice, “Follow your ears, trust your heart and play what you want to. Play what sounds good in the moment and not what you thought was cool yesterday. Play a good mix but keep in mind, your own style. Never compromise.”
“Art” is a monthly pop up that is being launched by Swami Harami and his friends on March 3 2017 at Playboy, Mumbai and on March 5, 2017 at Marbela, Goa. There will be performances with art, visual art, and auditory bliss on offer.
This is one event you do not want to miss!
Also, if you thought Swami was not going to give detailed advice to you budding DJs and producers, you are wrong!
He elaborates, “For DJs it is essential to not have preconceived notions. The art form of a DJ is to pick the right track from a life long library of music rather than a playlist. When you play, it is essential to understand the keys & work them so the mix rides like you want it to. Choose tracks that fit into each other like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle! Pay attention to the progression of the bassline so you take people on a journey where the dancer departs and only the dance remains.”
He adds,”Producers tend to have two distinct work flows. Some find elements of music with their DAW that they like, and then they piece them together. Others can hear an entire track in meditation and then work to bring it out. I’ve done both and have come to realize that magic happens when we listen to the anahat sounds that are already within us. This requires a lot more mastery both of our inner space and the music making workplace. This also is a major difference that distinguishes a good track from one that is great!”